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NCC 2022 - National Construction Code

The National Construction Code of Australia (NCC) is a performance-based code that sets the minimum requirements in relation to structure, fire safety, accessibility, health and amenity, and sustainability.

NCC 2022 - National Construction Code

The National Construction Code of Australia (NCC) is a performance-based code that sets the minimum requirements in relation to structure, fire safety, accessibility, health and amenity, and sustainability.

NCC 2022 is the largest single amendment to the building code since its inception. HIA has been working hard for members around the country to minimise the impact of the changes.

Each state has made variations to NCC 2022 and the roll-out schedule. These changes cover the Livable Housing Standard, new 7-star energy efficiency requirements and more.

Explore your state's amendments below.

NSW | VIC | SA | NT | TAS | WA | QLD | ACT

What you need to know

We're keeping you up-to-date with the evolving changes for each region from the 2022 National Construction Code. HIA have created a suite of information sheets detailing the latest amendments and changes to various codes so you can get across things, fast.

President's report National Construction Code (NCC) BASIX Contracts
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What's happening in your state

New South Wales highlights

  • NCC 2022 changes broadly commenced 1 May 2023.
  • New South Wales has not adopted the Livable Housing Standard at this time.
  • Sustainable Buildings SEPP will replace the existing BASIX.
  • New increased BASIX energy efficiency requirements will apply to contracts signed for new homes from 1 October 2023.
  • The BASIX thermal stringency target will move from 5.5-stars to 7-stars and the whole-of-home energy usage target from BASIX 50 to BASIX 70.
  • The water target will not change for New South Wales.
  • Builders must disclose embodied emissions of major building materials used in the home.
  • Find out more: NSW adoption dates and variations

Northern Territory highlights

  • NCC 2022 changes broadly commenced 1 May 2023.
  • Northern Territory will implement the Livable Housing Standard from 1 October 2023. 
  • Northern Territory will not increase the energy efficiency requirements for residential buildings – they will stay at the 5-star rating laid out in NCC 2019.
  • Energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings will be introduced for the first time. However, apartment stringency will continue as per NCC 2019, not the new 7-star rating.  
  • Find out more: Changes to NCC variations for NT

Western Australia highlights

  • NCC 2022 compliance is optional up until 1 May 2025, after then it's mandatory.
  • Western Australia has not adopted the Livable Housing Design Standard at this time.
  • Commercial energy efficiency changes and residential 7-star stringency will be subject to an additional transition period and commence 1 May 2025.
  • Heating and cooling load limits will not be implemented in Western Australia.
  • Find out more: WA government confirms NCC inclusions and start dates

Tasmania highlights

  • NCC 2022 changes broadly commenced 1 May 2023.
  • Tasmania will implement the Livable Housing Design Standard from 1 October 2024.
  • With a renewable energy framework already in place, Tasmania will not be adopting the 7-star energy efficiency requirements of NCC 2022.
  • NCC 2022 condensation requirements and commercial energy efficiency changes will be adopted 1 October 2023.
  • Find out more: Tasmania takes sensible approach to NCC 2022

South Australia highlights

  • NCC 2022 changes broadly commenced 1 May 2023.
  • South Australia will implement the Livable Housing Design Standard from 1 October 2024.
  • The 7-star energy efficiency requirement will also apply from 1 October 2024.
  • The new commercial energy efficiency provisions (for areas like solar-ready zones and electric vehicle charging pathways) will commence from 1 October 2024.
  • The NCC 2022 condensation requirements will also be implemented 1 October 2024.
  • Find out more: SA variations to NCC 2022

Victoria highlights

  • NCC 2022 changes broadly commenced 1 May 2023.
  • Victoria will implement the Livable Housing Design Standard, condensation and 7-star energy efficiency requirements from 1 May 2024. 
  • The new commercial energy efficiency provisions (for areas like solar-ready zones and electric vehicle charging pathways) will commence from 1 May 2024.
  • Find out more: NCC 2022 adoption dates and Victorian variations

Queensland highlights

  • NCC 2022 changes broadly commenced 1 May 2023.
  • Queensland will implement the new Livable Housing Design Standards from 1 October 2023 with a longer phase in period to 1 May 2025 for blocks 12.5m or less.
  • Queensland will implement the new 7-star energy efficiency requirements 1 May 2024, with provision for 1 star credit for homes with connected outdoor living areas meeting specific criteria.
  • NCC 2022 condensation provisions will apply from 1 October 2023. Their application depends on the relevant climate zone the building is located.
  • The new commercial energy efficiency provisions (for areas like solar-ready zones and electric vehicle charging pathways) will commence from 1 October 2023.

ACT highlights

  • NCC 2022 changes broadly commenced 1 May 2023.
  • ACT will implement the Livable Housing Design Standard, condensation and 7-star energy efficiency requirements from 15 January 2024.
  • The new commercial energy efficiency provisions (for areas like solar-ready zones and electric vehicle charging pathways) will commence from 15 January 2024.

What's on

This year, HIA will be running a series of NCC specific training courses that will deep dive into what is changing and how that might affect you and your business.

There will be courses and events run across Australia so you can find out what's changing in your region. 

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2022 National Construction Code - Volumes One and Two

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HIA Guide to NCC Livable Housing Provisions

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